EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fidus Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:FDUS) ("Fidus" or the "Company") today announced the commencement of a registered public offering of 2,500,000 shares of common stock through an underwritten public offering. The Company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 375,000 shares of its common stock at the public offering price. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of this public offering to make investments in lower middle-market companies in accordance with its investment objective and strategies, to repay the outstanding indebtedness under its credit facility, to increase borrowing capacity under the Small Business Investment Company ("SBIC") debenture program, and for working capital and general corporate purposes. The expansion of the Company's utilization of the SBIC debenture program is subject to approval by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Raymond James, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, are joint bookrunning managers for the offering. D.A. Davidson & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. are co-lead managers for the offering. This issuance of shares will be made pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form N-2 that has been filed with, and has been declared effective by, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement, copies of which may be obtained, when available, from Raymond James, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716. Investors are advised to carefully consider the investment objectives, risks and charges and expenses of the Company before investing. The preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus contain this and other information about the Company and should be read carefully before investing. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the shares in this offering or any other securities nor will there be any sale of the securities referred to in this press release in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.